Rotterdam Open
15th July 2013

 
 
This event took place at Holland's oldest golf club on the 15th of July. After Mr. Sommerfelt, again, conveniently forgot to organise and invite us to this sponsored event, Jan Valkier of Anthony Veder, again stepped in with his kind offer to the Koninklijke Haagsche Golf and Country Club in Wassenaar.
 
Our Chairman quickly accepted the invitation and Rotterdam's second gas operator also invited his favourite small LNG ship broker to make up a 3-ball.
 
In glorious summer sunshine, on a course where golf has been played for 120 years, the group blasted their tee-shots down the 10th fairway (their 1st) and George got off to a blistering start being one over after 3 holes, using an old Arnold Palmer ball while his playing companions sprayed Veder and Platou Titleist all over the Dutch countryside.
 
However, Steinar, steadied the ship and a birdie at the 14th (their 8th) produced 4 points and drew him level with the retired Scotsman. Valkier seemed more content on discussing, sensible business with his ex Rotterdam competitor allowing the Namdal kid to take a strategic lead.
 
But it took a bit more than LNG, ethylene, commission on bunkers, Tim Lowry and pressurized ships to put off our Chairman. He drew level at the 8th (their 17th) and one point was enough to secure the honours at this prestigeous event which perhaps should be awarded DOGGS Major Status.
 
GFD  27 pts
Jan    26
ST     25
 
After a few beers, preceded a very enjoyable dinner, Steinar was ushered off to the close-by Valkier mansion and away from the nightime temptations of Rotterdam. Our Chairman has been able to secure the sponsorship of Mr. Woolley/Unigas of next year's event which will take place at Broekpolder without the financial assistance of Mr. Sommerfelt. The organizers guarantee that a nightime cultural tour of Rotterdam will be included.
 
This event ended just 48 hours after our Chairman's nephew (his sister's son) David Miller (35) achieved the Holy Grail for golfers, mainly professionals, never mind Club amateurs when he recorded a 59. At Craigentinny Golf Club the Lochend Open, which he won for the 3rd time, provided the occasion for this remarkable feat. It should be noted that only 16 professional golfers have been able to record 60, never better, on the European tour.
 
David is currently Club Champion Stroke Play and Matchplay at Duddingston Golf Club, Edinburgh and saw his handicap reduced to +3. His round included 8 birdies and 10 pars and required only 24 putts. After going out in 29 a large crowd gathered to see him come home in 30 and miss a 12 foot putt on the 18th, which stopped 2 inches short for an eventual 58. His prevous best score was a 63 at Braid Hills in 2005.
 
He will play in the Pro-Am preceding the British Ladies Open at St. Andrews in 2 weeks time. His uncle George is hoping that he will be drawn with Natalie Gublis, Sofie Sandola or Paula Cremer, before offering his caddying services.